By Aaron Korte
PHOTO BY AARON KORTE
Fostoria’s Lexie Fretz (24) hustles down the line after laying down a bunt that Calvert’s Nicole Bickley and Gabby Bennett (right) charge in on. The sacrifice scored Erica Moore from third base.
Calvert's Kate Brickner flexes some muscle as she fires across the diamond against Fostoria on Thursday afternoon.
In the top of the sixth inning, Fostoria's Erika Moore ripped a foul ball down the third base line and it slammed into the side of a car door.
It left a very visible dent.
Calvert could relate.
After the week the Senecas have had, they too are feeling a bit dented and bruised.
After getting outscored 33-2 in its last two games, it was more of the same Thursday night as seven Calvert errors led to an 8-4 loss to the Redmen.
"We kind of put some things together," Fostoria head coach Clayton Moore said. "We've been battling and battling all year and had to get over making self-inflicted wounds. Self-inflicted wounds have been killing us all year."
Erica Moore picked up the victory for Fostoria (5-13) on the mound. She scattered four hits and yielded all four runs, but only one was earned as the Redmen had their own issues with errors, committing three.
She said her teammates took advantage of the opportunities Calvert was giving them.
"From the top of the lineup to the bottom of the lineup, everybody was focused on seeing the ball and we only had three strikeouts," Erica Moore said. "Everybody was putting the ball in play and we forced them to make mistakes."
The errors were a tough pill to swallow for Calvert coach Rob Ritzler.
"The problem is the errors are on routine plays. It's not like they're making a tough play and then making a tough throw," Ritzler said. "It was routine plays that we're not making and they always seem to be at the very wrong time. We're giving up runs and stuff. A couple times we had errors and got out of the inning but a lot of them led to runs."
It started in the first inning when Lexie Fretz reached on an error and made it all the way to third on the overthrow to first. Jada Hampton singled her in and scored herself in the next at-bat, on a Alexus Smith groundout, after stealing two bags.
Two errors in the bottom of the first lead to three Calvert runs. Taylor Ritzler reached on an error and scored on another. A few batters later, Allison Huss smashed a 1-2 pitch to deep right center, scoring Nicole Fretz and Gabby Bennett and giving the Senecas (7-7) a 3-2 lead.
Fostoria tied it in the fourth after Alex Hersch singled and two outs later, scored on a double by Breanna Biles.
The Redman broke the tie in the top of the fifth. Erica Moore reached on an error to open the inning and Fretz laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Moore. Smith reached on an error two batters later and scored when Hersch singled.
Taylor Ritzler and Kate Bricker both singled to start off the bottom half of the inning. The two advanced on a wild pitch and Nicole Bickley after getting plugged by Moore.
With the bases loaded, Bennett smoked a grounder to second base and Hampton fired home forcing out Ritzler at the plate in a collision play.
With bases still juiced, Huss came to the plate and she received four straight balls, forcing in the run and cutting the lead to 5-4.
"I knew that (Huss) hit a blast earlier and I was like, 'No I'm not going to give her a chance to give them momentum and hit another blast out there,'" coach Clayton said. "I made sure that Erica threw a pitch that if she hit it, she wasn't going to be able to do anything with it. If she swung at it, she wasn't going to be able to do anything with it. If she walks, so what, I give up one run. And we had success with the following batter."
It nearly backfired on him. Mikayla Dariano came to the plate. On an 0-2 count, Dariano sailed a bloop liner up the middle but it was speared by a leaping Fretz, ending the threat and ending the inning.
The sixth inning was more of the comedy of errors for Calvert and a one-run game suddenly got out of reach. Two more errors led to three more runs as Fostoria increased the lead to an insurmountable, 8-4.
"The last couple games, I tell you what, (the hitting) has been getting better, better and better. That's awesome. We have that sometimes in one inning," coach Moore said. "We put the ball in play and put pressure on them. Then we were able to put our speed on the bases and good things happen when you're on the bases."
Bennett (2-2) took the loss for Calvert.
Coach Ritzler said something has to turn his team's woes around after three straight victories.
"We were playing so good at the beginning of the season. We're in such a funk right now," coach Ritzler said. "We're just making the mental errors and the physical errors at just the wrong time. At the beginning of the year, we were hitting the ball all over the place. That's kind of gone away. I don't know what the answer is. I've switching the lineup around and stuff. But right now we're just in a funk and the only way we get out it is we have to keep playing."